New Year’s Eve was not too kind to a number of country music legends. Way back on December 31, 1947, Roy Rogers was late for his own wedding to Dale Evans at the Flying L Ranch because he had to put out a fire in another room. The cause of the fire… a cigarette butt.
On December 31, 1952, Hank Williams was supposed to fly from Knoxville to Charleston, West Virginia for a New Year’s Eve show, but the flight was grounded due to bad weather. Hank gets a shot of morphine and hops in the back seat of his Cadillac for the ride. It turns out to be his final ride anywhere…
And, on December 31, 1985, Rick Nelson died when the plane he was in crashed outside of DeKalb, Texas. Nelson was the star of the TV series ‘The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, and he scored a couple of country hits with Stood Up and Poor Little Fool.
Be safe out there everyone. I want to see you all back right here tomorrow.
In honor of the late John Denver’s birthday today, here’s John performing one of his greatest country hits, Thank God I’m A Country Boy, live. Thank God I’m A Country Boy went to number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Hot Country charts. It’s remains one of the best country songs of all-time. Enjoy!
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Just in case you missed it, Merle Haggard’s Hag and Someday We’ll Look Back albums have been digitally-remastered and packaged together in a new two-disc set that was released on December 27, 2011. Here’s a look at the track listings from each:
“Soldier’s Last Letter” (Redd Stewart, Ernest Tubb) – 2:13
“Shelly’s Winter Love” – 3:24
“Jesus, Take a Hold” – 2:18
“I Can’t Be Myself” – 2:53
“I’m a Good Loser” – 2:40
“Sidewalks of Chicago” (Dave Kirby) – 2:31
“No Reason to Quit” (Dean Holloway) – 2:37
“If You’ve Got Time (To Say Goodbye)” – 2:54
“The Farmer’s Daughter” – 2:57
“I’ve Done It All” – 2:16
Someday We’ll Look Back:
“Someday We’ll Look Back”
“Train of Life” (Roger Miller)
“One Sweet Hello”
“One Row at a Time” (Red Lane, Dottie West)
“Big Time Annie’s Square”
“I’d Rather be Gone”
“California Cottonfield” (Dallas Frazier, Earl Montgomery)
“Carolyn” (Tommy Collins)
“Huntsville” (Haggard, Red Simpson)
“The Only Trouble With Me”
The album is currently available on Amazon.com.
I don’t know Big Kenny personally (except virtually through Twitter), but I’ve gotta think that December 31st is always a very emotional day for him. On this day back in 2002, Kenny was in debt over $140,000 and he proceeded to lose most of his last $200 playing blackjack in a casino. He gave the dealer a $20 tip and left with one dollar in his pocket.*
Obviously, Big Kenny managed to not only turn his life around, but he’s managed to entertain and more importantly, inspire countless fans around the world. That experience of leaving the casino with only one dollar inspired him to write Tim McGraw’s future number one hit Last Dollar (Fly Away) (see video below). Said Kenny about that night, “That night as I looked down at the sole breaking off of my shoe it hit me like a ton of bricks, but with that realization came the freedom of knowing that I also had nothing to lose.”
Here’s Big Kenny back in Vegas at the Hard Rock singing Last Dollar (Fly Away). Enjoy, be careful tonight and happy New Year everyone!
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Suzy Bogguss was born in Aldeo, IL on December 30, 1956. In the early 1990′s, she had a string of top ten hits on the Billboard Hot Country charts. Two of her biggest hits were Outbound Plane and Drive South. Enjoy a look back at two of Suzy’s best country hits and join us in wishing her a happy birthday!
P.S. For more news about Suzy, visit her website at www.SuzyBogguss.com.
Jessica Andrews was born on this day back in 1983 in Huntingdon, Tennessee. She had a breakout hit at age 17 when Who I Am went to number one on the Billboard Hot Country charts back on April 7, 2001. Enjoy a look back at Jessica’s biggest hit, and join us in wishing her a happy birthday!
P.S. Jessica’s also a newlywed. She and fellow singer-songwriter Marcel were married on November 11, 2011.
Good Music Is Good Music Video Of The Day – Crosby, Stills & Nash Performing ‘Southern Cross’ (Live)
This remains one of my all-time favorite songs of any genre. Enjoy this look back at Crosby, Stills & Nash performing their classic hit Southern Cross live in concert.
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Video: #1 Flashback – Alan Jackson’s ‘Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)’ – #1 Today In 2001
Like most people, I remember exactly where I was when 9/11 happened. It moved Alan Jackson so much that in the early morning hours of October 28, 2001, he wrote Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning) at 4a.m., and the first time he performed it was on the 2001 CMA Awards. And, on December 29, 2001, it moved up to number one on the Billboard Hot Country charts, where it stayed for five weeks. Enjoy this moving performance…
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